DEONTAY WILDER has vowed to avoid another Lennox Lewis vs Riddick Bowe situation by promising boxing fans an undisrupted showdown with Anthony Joshua.
Lewis defeated the American in the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games – but the rematch failed to materialise with Bowe famously binning his WBC title in order to swerve the re-run in the paid ranks.
And pushing on two years of failed negotiations between boxing’s two heavyweight champions fans are fearing a Lewis – Bowe 2.0 between AJ and Wilder.
However, after The Bronze Bomber dispatched of mandatory challenger Dominic Breazeale in one round, he made a “promise” to boxing fans he will share the ring with Watford ace Joshua.
Wilder told Sky Sports: “It will happen. I don’t want this to be a Lennox and Bowe situation.
“It’s our obligation to give the fans what they want.
“The negotiations are going to come round again on that deal we were discussing.
“I promise it will happen.”
Wilder again displayed his bone crushing power as he laid out former Joshua opponent Breazeale with a sickening right hook that shut the American challenger’s lights out.
WBC champ Wilder was the first out of Tyson Fury and Joshua to fight, with the Brit pair both taking to the ring in June.
First Joshua defends his WBA, IBF and WBO against Jarrell Miller replacement Andy Ruiz Jr in New York while Fury boxes unbeaten but unherald Tom Schwarz.
After making his ninth successful world title defence Alabama’s champion teased he could be ringside to watch Joshua fight at Madison Square Garden but warned he has “obligations” to fill.
Wilder added: “Ive got a lot of other obligations to fill – not only in the ring but outside too.
“[But] That date is open for me, you might see Deontay Wilder there.”
After being advised to walk away from a three-fight deal worth £100million with AJ’s US network DAZN it seems Wilder will stick with Showtime pushing the Joshua fight back further.
Cuban southpaw Luis Ortiz, who rejected the chance to fight Joshua in two weeks, was in the ring after Breazeale’s KO defeat rallying for a rematch with the WBC champ.
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In March last year Ortiz came within an inch of dethroning Wilder in round seven of their title bout, though The Bronze Bomber recovered incredibly and finished the fight three sessions later.
Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn has already warned Wilder could face Ortiz and heavyweight contender Adam Kownacki in his next two fights.
And the promoter believes that pushes the fight back to 2021 – meaning Wilder’s promise could be on ice for another agonising two years.